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Could get used to this breakfast

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Having lived in New Jersey, while working in New York City, had the first encounter with a Paris Baguette at their Edison, NJ location. An incredible array of pastries and goodies, a fusion between French and Korean flavors, that ended up in something delicious no matter what was selected. Found another location soon after in Koreatown, in midtown Manhattan, and it made the day – and living, in general – all the better.

Vacationing in Seoul, found out there were three Paris Baguette locations within walking distance of the hotel; a veritable heaven. Upon finding all the locations, it was, just about, a daily pilgrimage to find something to snack on or bring back to the hotel. After finding the first one, had to have breakfast there and it was something that could be enjoyed every day is possible.

Picked up a bulgogi sandwich and ordered an iced green tea latte – their green tea lattes were also a huge favorite in NYC.

Had a view of a new city to explore, a warm and delicious sandwich, and, still, some of the greatest takeaway cups known to man. There was nothing that could bring down the day – even confusion on the subway was relieved after thinking back to the amazing start.

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

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A Decent Burger Spot

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Ever since moving to the Philippines, it’s been a disappointing search for a decent hamburger. Either the bread wasn’t great, the toppings were insufficient, or (the worst) the burger was not all beef – and not a blend of another meat, some kind of filler made it obvious restaurants were not serving a 100% meat patty.

Did have a smidge of hope with the monthly burger pop-up at The District by Ayala, in Talisay, but that went to the wayside after too many occasions having to wait because they opened without having their beef patties or buns ready for service; just unprofessional.

Burger chain Zark’s opened up at SM City and, after visiting twice, it’s a pretty good spot and the price isn’t too bad. Enjoyed the Black Mamba on the first visit, came with a really delicious and sweet barbeque sauce; on the last visit, tried the Shaq, topped with onion rings and bacon.

For something as simple as a sandwich comprised of a bun, burger patty, lettuce, tomato, and any other additional toppings, it’s incredible how many places get it wrong. Zark’s has a huge menu and there are so many more to try – so far, so good.

The Shaq, a cheeseburger topped with onion rings and bacon.

The Shaq, a cheeseburger topped with onion rings and bacon.

There was an incident with the hostess on the last visit. Apparently, some fellow food photographers have taken the rather tacky habit to an all new level. The customer, who ordered takeout, asked to have the food brought out on a place for her to take a photo, to add to that, she asked the seating hostess to hold the plate as she took the photo.

That was some pure idiocy, on the part of the customer, and very bad judgement from the seating hostess.

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 17, 2016 at 12:19 AM

The Fitz

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Wandering somewhere in between where Midtown ends and Lenox Hill begins, as usual, it was a time for scoping out a place for lunch. Had the phone out to geolocate myself and walked passed multitudes of markers showing spots for a meal. Walked by PJ Clarke’s, been there a couple times, and it seemed like the peak of lunch rush – barely able to step inside. Immediately, left and the journey continued. Stumbled across the menu for The Fitz restaurant, housed within The Fitzpatrick Hotel, and they offered an overall decent-looking menu, was a couple blocks over and decided to give it a try.

Walked in (by this time, peak lunch was probably over) and the main seating area was filled with people having tea and coffee. Continued walking towards the back and found a full bar, equipped with bar counter seating along with high-top tables along the other side of the room. Took a seat at the bar and admired the beautifully designed bar area; dark wood, modern-looking taps, with lit-up bottles along the back wall.

By that time, after the search for lunch, needed some kind of burger or sandwich and zeroed in on the New York Steak Sandwich. Upon arrival, the sandwich was one on the beautiful side, a generous size, with plenty of steak making its appearance upon first glance. That first bite, it was on the chewier side, but nonetheless delicious; the combination of a firm steak with hearty bread made it one you had to take a good bite out of. Definitely a satisfying lunch and the steak fries that were paired with the sandwich; hot, fresh, and everything one loves about french fries.

The Fitz

Would probably consider this place for a Happy Hour.

Written by Paulo Loreto

January 13, 2016 at 7:34 AM

Myrtle Beach Lobster Roll

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Have had lobster rolls in Connecticut and Maine, there are definitely their differences, but on vacation in Myrtle Beach, made a stop by the poolside bar at the Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes and spotted a lobster roll on the menu and am not usually one to say ‘No.’

Used to the simple set-up of clumped lobster meat on a bun, on this occasion, got a generous helping of lobster, atop some lettuce and sliced tomatoes lining the bun. It was delicious. The sandwich was heartier than the typical lobster roll and it came with a well-prepared French fries.

There are certain expectations when it comes to food from a hotel bar, the Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes exceeded them on several occasions.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

December 27, 2015 at 2:32 PM

Shrimp Burger

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The Monday after Thanksgiving, got back to Park Slope, Brooklyn from Toms River, New Jersey with giant suitcase in tow and some twist ankle ligaments. After getting everything tucked away, needed to grab lunch and with limited mobility, close proximity was a necessity. Hobbled over to Krupa Grocery, a fairly new establishment, with a healthy beer selection and a menu featuring all-day breakfast and various lunch offerings from sandwiches to salads – it was pretty easy making a selection.

My eyes were immediately drawn to the Panko Crusted Shrimp Burger. The menu lists the ingredients as black tiger shrimp, seaweed salad, Korean pickles, and kewpie mayonnaise – it was a lovely setup for what arrived – a delicious treat.

Shrimp Burger

The sandwich was big. The ingredients were stacked high and the shrimp patty was massive and that first bite was an amazing mix of flavors from the crunchy shrimp and pickles to the uniquely-flavored seaweed salad. Paired with fried fingerlings – definitely a welcome change to the typical French fries or onion rings – from beginning to end the meal was fantastic.

Written by Paulo Loreto

December 11, 2015 at 6:03 AM

Seamore’s

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From the guy that brought the ever popular Meatball Shop, Michael Chernow brings a seafood-based cuisine with Seamore’s. Right on the corner of Broome and Mulberry, you see right into the restaurant in passing, looks very clean and inviting.

Honestly, had first taken notice of the place after getting a “Like” from the restaurant’s instagram on a picture of a cookie enjoyed while in North Carolina. Was immediately drawn when looking into what Seamore’s was all about; the menu was intriguing and knowing it’s a Michael Chernow place, had all the confidence it was going to be a prime destination once back in New York.

Taking a seat at the bar, had a bit of an idea what was the intended order – having gone over the menu several times previously – but still was awestruck by the options. Went with the spicy tuna burger, various machinations of what would arrive ran through my head previously, can truly say, the actual sandwich was beyond expectation. The burger was as it says – spicy; but it wasn’t a jarring spice nor was it slight, the spice warms up throughout the chewing process and pairs so well with the Kölsch they have on tap.

Tuna burger spiced to perfection, generously stacked with fixings.

Tuna burger spiced to perfection, generously stacked with fixings.

Couldn’t be more satisfied after polishing off the burger and devouring every single delicious sweet potato fry, then came the inevitably difficult idea of dessert. The bartender approaches and mentions dessert, had previously eyed it on the menu – pumpkin spice ice cream topped with salted pumpkin seeds – it didn’t take much convincing to go ahead with dessert. A magnificent decision.

Pumpkin spice ice cream with salted pumpkin seeds. Who can say 'No?'

Pumpkin spice ice cream with salted pumpkin seeds. Who can say ‘No?’

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 11, 2015 at 8:04 PM

Layover

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Flying from New Bern, North Carolina to Newark, New Jersey, the first scheduled stop was a two-hour layover in Charlotte, North Carolina. Having stopped over at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) on a previous occasion, remembered there being a Bojangles franchise in one of the terminals; was looking forward to stopping by for breakfast.

Arrived in Terminal E, with a connection in Terminal D, kept an eye out for the famed chicken spot – but, unfortunately, failed to spot it (if it’s still there). Still looking for a place to eat, the Rum Bar and Grill was right outside the boarding gate. Perused the breakfast menu and went right to their breakfast cubano sandwich.

The meal was served pretty quickly – a good thing for travelers on the go – and it was beautiful. It was a large sandwich with the traditional ingredients of a cubano sandwich, but with the addition of eggs. Everything was so flavorful, along with a side of really well-cooked potato wedges – it was a great substitute for the initial plans for the two-hour stop.

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT), a great food stop on a layover.

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT), a great food stop on a layover.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 3, 2015 at 9:17 PM